Mark Teixeira announced today that he will retire at the end of the season. The 36-year-old first baseman is in the last year of his 8-year, $180 million contract that he signed with the Yankees before the 2009 season.
He was a big part of the Yankees winning their 27th World Series, in 2009, and he was second in the MVP voting that season. Teixeira was the best offensive player on the Yankees that season. In six of his eight years with the Yankees he had an OPS over .800. He won the Silver Slugger award in 2004, 2005 and 2009 in addition to being the AL home run leader (39) and RBI leader (122) in 2009.
He made the All-Star team for the final time last season, which was his third All-Star selection of his career. He was also an All-Star in 2005 and 2009 as well. Teixeira’s best season statistically came in 2005 with the Rangers, which was his third season in the league, when he had a .301 average with 41 doubles, 43 homers, 144 RBI and a .575 slugging percentage.
In his career up through August 4, he has a .269 average with 400 doubles, 1,836 hits, 404 homers, 1,281 RBIs and a .511 slugging percentage. He would have had many more homers and RBIs, but he played in only 15 games in 2013 due to a strained wrist tendon.
Also, in 2014 he played in 123 games but his production was limited to only a .216 average and 62 RBIs because he injured his hamstring while trying to catch a foul ball in April. He also aggravated his wrist, that was surgically repaired in 2013, on May 31. He was an All-Star in 2015 as he had 31 homers and 79 RBIs in only 111 games due to a deep bone bruise in his leg after fouling a ball off of his leg on August 17.
He realized that after this season is the right time for him to retire but wants to do all he can to help the Yankees make the playoffs in his final season. They are 5.5 games out of a wild card spot with three teams ahead of them.
“Every kid playing little league, you dream of being a major league baseball player,” Teixeira said in his press conference on Friday. “After this season I will retire and do something else. I got to live out my dream and have more success than I could ever imagine. I want to finish this season on a high note and the team wants to finish the season on a high note.”
“I want to thank all of the Yankee fans, the greatest fans in the world,” Teixeira said. “I gave you everything I had. It wasn’t always enough, but I tried my best. I am proud to have a World Series ring with the Yankees.”
Teixeira is one of five switch hitters in MLB history with at least 400 homers, and he also has five Gold Gloves. He won an American League Gold Glove in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Even though his offense has declined the last four seasons due to injury, he has continued to be an elite defensive first baseman. He saved Yankees shortstops and third basemen from having many errors in the last few years due to his ability to catch the short-hop and other wild throws.
Teixeira played for the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels and Yankees in his career. Even though he became one of only five switch hitters to slug 400 homers this season, has hit 25 or more homers nine times and his eight seasons with 100 or more RBIs, he will likely be a little short of a Hall of Fame career. He might have been able to make it if he didn’t have his significant injuries and if he had been able to be productive for a season or two more.
Also, from his second season until his sixth season his average was never below .281, but from 2010 through 2015 his average was never above .256 (he has a .198 average this season and his average was .216 in 2014).
However, Teixeira has been one of the best first basemen of his generation and truly was an elite two-way player for most of his career. He impressively became one of the most reliable defensive first baseman in the league, starting in 2005 when he won his first Gold Glove, after not playing the position until spring training of his rookie season in 2003. That was when the Rangers had him moved from third base to first.
He finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2003 with his 26 homers and 84 RBI. Other highlights from his career include finishing seventh in the MVP voting in 2005 and hitting a walk-off homer to beat the Twins in Game 2 of the ALDS in 2009.
The Yankees have a .500 record before their game against the Indians tonight, which gives them a .500 record for a major league high 15th time.
The Yankees (24-27) lost Tuesday night’s game in Toronto to the Blue Jays, 4-1, as CC Sabathia pitched well once again but the offense wasn’t able to score enough runs to get him his fourth win. Sabathia has been a huge success for the Yankees, as he has allowed two, zero, one and zero runs in each of his last four starts, but the struggling offense has prevented the team from going above .500.
The Yankees were 22-22 after their win on March 24, which was the last win of their six-game winning streak, but after that game the team has gone 2-5 in their last seven games. They scored four runs or less in six of those seven games. Proving their recent offensive ineptitude is that in their last three games combined they have only scored five runs.
In Tuesday’s loss, the Yankees were only 1-8 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees were much better in that category when they went 13-5 earlier in May. The middle of the order – Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran and Starlin Castro – combined to only have one hit in 11 at-bats.
It is much harder to win games when the three, four and five batters in the lineup do not contribute offensively. The rest of the lineup had five hits but they did not do enough with runners in scoring position (RISP). The only hit with RISP came when Austin Romine, who has been much better on offense this season, had a infield single in the second to advance Chase Headley to third after he doubled.
An opportunity was wasted in the second inning since the Yankees had runners on second and third with no outs and only scored one run. Didi Gregorius would fly out to center, Aaron Hicks’s fielders choice scored Headley and then Jacoby Ellsbury’s fly ball was caught in foul territory to end the inning.
Castro, who is tied for second on the team with 21 RBIs, has really struggled at the plate recently. He had a solid .276 average on May 22 but now his average is all the way down to .245. Castro only has three hits in his last 33 at-bats. The only upside of only having three hits in 33 at-bats is that two of those have been homers.
The Yankees need him to improve at the plate and hit like he did earlier in the season. From the end of April to the beginning of May he had six multi-hit games in 10 games, which proves that he is capable of really heating up.
Mark Teixeira is not hitting at the plate right now just like Castro, but unlike Castro he hasn’t really helped the team on offense this season. Teixeira only has three hits in his last 34 at-bats going back to May 17 and has 13 strikeouts in that span. The highest that his average was in May was .225.
He has a very low .190 average this season and only has eight extra-base hits the whole season (three homers). Joe Girardi has said that he will leave Teixeira in the lineup. Teixeira will have to give the team more production because the No. 3 hitter in the lineup is relied on to hit homers and drive in runs. He only has 12 RBIs in 158 at-bats this season after having 79 RBIs and 31 homers in 392 at-bats last season (111 games).
Headley did nothing in April and really turned it around in May as he had a .150 average in April but his .298 average in May has pushed his average up to a more respectable .236. Teixeira, who is 36 years old and has a -0.4 Wins Above Replacement, will be looking to have a turnaround similar to the one that Headley had. Teixeira traditionally starts the season slowly, but usually picks it up in May after struggling in April.
If Castro can start to hit like he did earlier in the season and Teixeira can hit like he did during his productive 2015 season then the offense will get better. The Yankees have five more games of their 10-game road trip as they have one more in Toronto, a makeup game in Detroit and then three games in Baltimore. The Blue Jays (28-26), who have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games, are currently in third place and 1.5 games ahead of the Yankees.
The news on Mark Teixeira is much worse than originally thought. It was announced today that what was initially a deep bone bruise is now a broken right leg. He will not return during the regular season or the postseason. The recovery time will be three months.
“With the way he’s been throughout this process, it’s clearly no surprise,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “It just makes sense why he ran down the first-base line the way he did; why he couldn’t do anything beyond walking.” Since Teixeira fouled a ball off his leg on August 17, the Yankees have gone 12-9.
The Yankees have missed his Gold Glove caliber defense at first base and the impressive power numbers that he has displayed this season. He has 31 homers, 79 RBIs, a 3.4 Offensive WAR, a .548 slugging percentage and a .906 OPS. His 31 homers, 3.5 Offensive WAR, .548 slugging percentage and .906 OPS are all best on the team.
Greg Bird, who was thought to be the temporary first baseman until today, will now know that he will be the everyday first baseman for the rest of the season and in the playoffs. He has performed well at the plate and if you prorate his power numbers for a full season they would be similar to Teixeira’s, but he is still a rookie. However, his defense is not nearly on the level that Teixeira’s is because he does not know when to get a grounder and when to leave it for the second baseman.
Bird, who is a 22-year-old rookie that was called up from Triple-A on August 13, has played in 25 games and has five homers, three doubles, 15 runs scored and 17 RBIs. He will have to continue to handle the pressure of playing games that matter the rest of the season, including in this weekend’s series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The series that the Yankees play this weekend is their biggest one since the 2012 season, which is when they last made the playoffs. As of before Friday night’s game, the Yankees are 1.5 games behind the first place Blue Jays in the American League East. These four games will go a long way towards determining who wins the division. The Yankees need to win two or more games to ensure that it will be a race the rest of the season.
The Yankees and Blue Jays have both gone 6-4 in their last 10 games, but the Yankees missed an opportunity to gain ground since they lost the last two games of their series to the Orioles and Blue Jays lost their last game of their series to the Red Sox.
The Yankees will play a doubleheader on Saturday since Thursday night’s game was rained out. Here are the pitching matchups for this pivotal series:
Luis Severino (3-2, 2.04 ERA in seven starts)
David Price (14-5, 2.43 ERA)
Saturday Game One
Michael Pineda (10-8, 4.15 ERA)
Marco Estrada (12-8, 3.18 ERA)
Saturday Game Two
Ivan Nova (6-7, 4.50 ERA)
Marcus Stroman (it will be his season debut after having ACL surgery in March)
Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Masahiro Tanaka (11-6, 3.57 ERA)
R.A. Dickey (10-10, 4.01 ERA)
Mark Teixeira, who has a deep bone bruise as a result of fouling a ball off his shin on August 18, was placed on the 15-day DL today retroactive to August 27. Teixeira has missed 13 of the last 15 games that the Yankees have played.
He has been missed in the lineup as a result of his 31 homers, 79 RBIs and .548 slugging percentage. His slugging percentage and homers both lead the team and his 79 RBIs are second on the team to Brian McCann’s 82 runs driven in. The Yankees have scored six runs or more five times since Teixeira has been out of the lineup, but they have also scored four runs or less 10 times, which includes the two games he played where he combined to make only three at-bats.
Rookie Greg Bird has been a capable replacement while Teixeira has been sidelined, but he is not able to help the offense at this stage like Teixeira is able to. In Bird’s 18 games since being called up from Triple-A Scranton, he has a .254 average in 63 at-bats with three homers, 12 runs scored and 12 RBIs. Bird will continue to be the everyday first baseman until at least September 11, which is when Teixeira is eligible to come off of the disabled list.
The injury didn’t heal like the Yankees originally expected it would, which led Teixeira to go on crutches this week. He was not likely to return before next Friday anyway, and putting him on the DL allowed the Yankees to call up Nick Rumbelow today, who would have had to stay at Triple-A one more day because without someone being put on the disabled list he would have had to stay with Scranton for 10 days.
Rumbelow, who is a rookie from LSU and was drafted in the 7th round by the Yankees in 2013, has gone back and forth between the big leagues and Scranton the last two months, but has pitched well with the Yankees when put into the game. He has a 2.79 ERA in 10 games (9.2 innings) this season with nine strikeouts, one homer allowed and a solid 1.13 WHIP. The DL stint by Teixeira will also give the Yankees the option of playing him in a rehab game.
The positive sign is that his injury is still not worse than a deep bone bruise, but it is still possible that he will return after next Friday. Returning a week from today would be ideal because that is when the Yankees begin a three-game series against the first place Toronto Blue Jays, and the Yankees could use the player who has been their best run producer this season in that series.
Before the series against Toronto, the Yankees will play three games against the Tampa Bay Rays and then three games against the Baltimore Orioles, who have lost eight of their last 10 games.
After losing five consecutive games, the Yankees won their third consecutive game on Saturday. They were able to move 1.5 games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East with their win on Saturday.
Masahiro Tanaka pitched his most important game in his two seasons with the Yankees as he pitched a complete game while only allowing one run on five hits. Tanaka had eight strikeouts and threw 112 pitches in the Yankees 4-1 win over Toronto. Tanaka was able to give the bullpen a much needed day off, which will mean that everybody will be available in the series finale.
Tanaka has proven in his last two starts that he is still capable of being the ace of the staff after struggling four starts. It appears that the Yankees will be able to rely on him in Game 1 of a postseason series.
“Just an unbelievable job by Masahiro,” manager Joe Girardi said. Tanaka added that he wanted to pitch deep into the game because he knew that Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller had thrown a lot of pitches recently. “My mindset was I wanted to go as deep into the game as possible,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I’m just really satisfied that I was able to do that.”
The Yankees scored four runs on nine hits including a solo homer by Carlos Beltran in the first and a solo blast by Mark Teixeira in the sixth. Teixeira had his second RBI of the game in the eighth inning as his single to center scored pinch-runner Chris Young. That was an important insurance run and this was Teixeira’s first multi RBI game since August 4. He had only one RBI since then.
Luis Severino will get his third start of the season for the Yankees and will look to help the Yankees sweep the Blue Jays. He has allowed three combined runs in his first two starts and has held the opposition to a .214 average. His slider, four-seam fastball and changeup have all been very effective, and he was able to rebound very well in his last start after struggling in the first two innings.
This is the lineup for today’s game against Toronto at Rogers Centre:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Stephen Drew’s homer in the eighth inning ended up being the deciding run in the Yankees 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Mark Teixeira had an outstanding overall game as he made two outstanding plays on defense in addition to his two runs driven in on offense. Teixeira and Drew were both key in helping the Yankees tie their series with Oakland
“I’ve been saying it all year long, he is a run producer,” Joe Girardi said of Teixeira. “His defense is so important to us. I know we wouldn’t be where we are at without it.”
In the eighth inning, Drew hit a homer on a breaking ball that didn’t break that went off of the Fox Business sign in the second deck to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead. That was his 12th homer of the season, which gives him the second most homers among second basemen in all of baseball.
Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer to deep left off of Andrew Miller in the ninth to drive in Mark Canha to make the score 5-4. Miller came off of the disabled list earlier on Wednesday and Nick Rumbelow was sent down to Triple-A Scranton. After Gregorio Petit’s error put Stephen Vogt on second, Miller got Ben Zobrist to ground out to Petit at third to end the game and remain perfect in save situations this season.
Oakland starter Scott Kazmir left the game after three innings because of left tricep tightness. Teixeira hit both of his homers off of relief pitcher Evan Scribner. To leadoff the fourth inning, Teixeira blasted an outside fastball to right and he smashed a pitch in the same location to right field to leadoff the sixth inning. This was the second two homer game of the season for him.
He also made two outstanding plays in the field. In the seventh inning, with Bryan Mitchell pitching, Teixeira was able to catch a foul ball by Billy Burns at the railing on the Yankees dugout. He made his second Gold Glove caliber play in the eighth inning when he backhanded a hard grounder near the line by pinch-hitter Josh Reddick and was able to get to first before Reddick.
“I got a couple pitches up in the zone and put some good swings on them,” Teixeira said. “Defensively you can do it every night. Now we have three outfielders that can all go get it with Chris Young out there as well.”
The Athletics scored two runs in the second inning off of CC Sabathia, but he bounced back after that. After Billy Butler’s ground rule double to leadoff the inning, Brett Lawrie reached on an infield single after shortstop Didi Gregorius couldn’t handle his grounder near second. After Butler was easily thrown out at home because he was running on contact on Jake Smolinski’s grounder to third, Josh Phegley and Mark Canha both hit RBI singles.
After the second, Sabathia rebounded to hold Oakland scoreless in the next 3.1 innings while limiting them to two hits. He was taken out after his 88th pitch because he has surrendered 10 leads and gets worse late in the game. Sabathia was better with his location is he had not allowed less than three runs in his previous four starts.
“CC’s location got better after the second inning,” Girardi said. “They had some right handed hitters coming up, so we took him out.”
In the second inning, after Chris Young got to first as a result of Lawrie’s fielding error, Gregorius hit an RBI double to the Gatorade scoreboard in right but was thrown out a third. The Yankees scored their second run of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly to right that scored Young. Gregorius is improving on offense as he had a solid June and now has a .318 average in 22 July at-bats with three RBIs.
Dellin Betances was able to get back on track after after allowing one run and two runs, respectively, in his previous two appearances. He picked up two strikeouts and held the Athletics scoreless in the eighth inning. He struck out Lawrie on an outside slider and now has an impressive 73 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched.
“I think that is how we are going to win games, hitting the ball out of the ballpark, but it is nice to get Ellsbury back because that is another dimension,” Girardi said. “I feel pretty good about it.”
Masahiro Tanaka will get the start for the Yankees when they play Oakland at 1:05 p.m. in the series finale. The Yankees, who have a 2.5 game lead in the division, will look to win the series before going to Boston to play the Red Sox. Their rivals to the north are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
The Yankees only had two hits in their 2-1 loss to the Angels in Anaheim on Tuesday night. They are now on a three-game losing streak and have scored only one run in all three of those losses. The Yankees could have moved up in the AL East with a win since the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays all lost on Tuesday.
Against Andrew Heaney, who was making his second start of the season and the seventh one of his career, the Yankees did not get a single runner into scoring position. The only run that the Yankees scored off of the No. 1 prospect in the Angels organization after the 2014 season was a solo homer near the rocks in center in the 2nd inning by Mark Teixeira on a low fastball. That was his 19th homer and 54th RBI of the season.
Heaney pitched seven strong innings while striking out seven and only allowing two hits. Brett Gardner, who is now on an eight-game hitting streak with five multi-hit games in that span, had the only other hit off of Heaney. Chris Young, Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann, who were the No. 2, 3 and 5 hitters in the lineup, combined to go 0-11 with three strikeouts and two double plays.
“I think overall we had some pretty good at-bats,” Rodriguez said. “We hit a lot of balls hard right at people tonight. The kid had good stuff and pitched a good game. He challenged us all night long with a lot of fastballs and today he was just a little better than us.”
Rodriguez thought that the pitching that he saw from Ivan Nova and Adam Warren can be a sign of what is to come. “What I am most encouraged about is tonight we saw a little preview of hopefully what the rest of the year is going to be like for us with Nova, with Warren, we have (Jacoby) Ellsbury coming back soon and Andrew (MIller),” Rodriguez said. “I am really optimistic about the rest of the year.”
Nova was not as effective as he was in his first start this season when he allowed no runs and three hits in 6.2 innings, but he did pitch very well with runners in scoring position, which helped him only allow only two runs in 5.1 innings even though the Angels had eight hits and two walks off of him. Nova had seven strikeouts and the Angels went 0-7 with runners in scoring position against him.
The Angels won the game because they hit back-to-back homers off of Nova to begin the sixth inning. Albert Pujols, who is a nine-time All-Star and is having his best season since coming to the Angels, hit his league leading 24th homer. Erick Aybar, who is not know for his power, hit his second homer of the season to give the Angels a 2-1 lead.
Warren, who was making his first appearance out of the bullpen since leaving the rotation due to Nova’s return from the disabled list, pitched 2.2 innings while only allowing one hit. He will add another reliable righty reliever to the bullpen. Warren, who had a solid 3.59 ERA in 14 starts this season, had an impressive 2.97 ERA in 69 games out of the bullpen last year.
In the ninth, with longtime closer Huston Street pitching, Young struck out on a check swing and Rodriguez grounded out to third to set off the fireworks and end the game. Street picked up his 298th save and his 51st with the Angels.
During Tuesday’s loss Carlos Beltran aggravated an existing injury to the left side of his ribcage in the fifth inning. He will likely receive an MRI when the team returns to New York after Wednesday’s game. It was announced that the Yankees will call up outfielder Taylor Dugas to replace Beltran.
The Yankees have one more game in Anaheim before returning home. The Yankees, who are half a game out of first in the AL East, have a 21-14 record at Yankee Stadium and a 20-23 record on the road. In the series finale, Nathan Eovaldi (7-2, 4.81 ERA) will pitch for the Yankees and Matt Shoemaker (4-6, 5.03 ERA) will get the start for Anaheim.